The 20th Annual Fall Exhibition & SaleOctober 12 to 18, 2020

Brunswick Arts Council Annual Visual Arts Show

This annual event began in 2000 and each year we rotate the show to a different venue. Join us for our 20th year this October, 2020 at the site where it all began – Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC.  This year’s Judge is Phil Meade.

Many small community arts groups (photographers, painters, pottery, etc.) around the county come together to help make this annual juried arts show happen. There are different categories and award levels. 

New to the area or been here forever? Share what inspires you to create with your fellow Brunswick artists & residents – we encourage you to enter your work! 

Ready to get involved? We need volunteers to help make this show a success! If you are interested in volunteering, download the application below and email it to us at execdir.brunswickartscouncil@gmail.com

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The Artist Trail

Are you interested in participating on the Brunswick Arts Trail? Would you like to be listed and have a web page on the site & link to mobile trail? Stay tuned to more information about this new program.

 

Artists Trail Categories:

  • Artist 
  • Galleries 
  • Studios 
  • Cafes & Coffee 
  • Orgs & Co-ops 
  • Theatres 
  • Festivals 
  • Community Art 
  • Performance Art
  • Classes 

Dancing On Air

Dancing on Air is in its 4th season of offering free weekly dance classes to communities across the county.  We have worked with the Calabash, Cedar Grove, Navassa communities in collaboration with Wilmington Ballet, Brunswick Ballet & Inspirations Dance Studio to offer weekly classes in Navassa (Monday evenings) and Cedar Grove (Wednesday evenings). 

Funding for this program is received from NC Arts Council, Brunswick County, Leland Rotary Club with donation of in-kind supplies and ballet shoes from Sancha.

Classes have been put on hiatus due to Covid19. We are exploring opportunities to restart this program as soon as it is safe to sustain long term contact inside.

1) Navassa 6-8pm on Monday. Contact Shawnta’ Graham at Navassa Community Center, 338 Main St. at 910.880.3300; and 

2) Cedar Grove 6-8 pm on Wednesday. Contact Sandra Robinson at Cedar Grove Community Center, 1529 Turkey trap Rd SW at 910.880.3300


Public Performances

Dancing on Air has performed in December at the Southport Winterfest Celebration. In 2019, they were also able to experience performing on stage at Odel working in a scene from The Nutcracker.

Master Classes

Dancing on Air students were able to attend a Master class in February 2020 held by Alvin Ailey II Troupe in Navassa. They were able to learn some of the most iconic Ailey dance movements, including sections of choreography from Revelations.


Dancing On Air Sponsors

Brunswick Arts Council celebrates songwriting, poetry  & literature

Healing Grief Through Poetry Workshops
August 4, 10 am – 3 pm 

Shallotte Senior Resource Center
3620 Express Drive
Shallotte, NC

Class size – 9 people – to register contact:
Execdir.brunswickartscouncil@gmail.com

Join us at this special workshop as part of the BAC “OutLoud” to be held at the Brunswick Senior Resource Center in Shallotte. We are pleased to present this 5-hour poetry workshop taught by Phillip Shabazz exploring grief and it’s healing through the expression and creation of poetry. Open to 12 students (high-school through adults/silver-seniors), this class will be a powerful experience to work with a master craftsman and wordsmith. As a poet, author, and teaching artist, Phillip Shabazz has built an outstanding, extensive, and respected career. His work, which explores issues of community and culture in America, has been acclaimed by the media, critics, and audiences across North Carolina. His writing expresses diverse points of view, from poems about family and friends challenged by the complexities of life, to narratives that celebrate human possibilities.

Educators have called him, “One of the most inspiring individuals in the arts.” In an effort to get students excited about creative writing, Shabazz encourages them to be empowered by their own words and expression. Teachers have commented, “His methods succeed in showing students how to use poetry as a tool of learning and communication. His teaching style is engaging, fun, and direct.” The North Carolina Arts Council nominated him for the prestigious
William C. Friday Fellowship for human relations, praising his contributions to arts education—as a blend of imagination, experience, and upbeat sensitivity. As writer and teacher, Mr. Shabazz has created a series of ongoing creative writing workshops for many which he calls
“Living Words.” http://www.flamesinthefireps.com/

BAC Mural Program

Creating Public Art across Brunswick County is one of the goals adapted by the Board of Directors in Fall 2019.  

If you have a building/wall or space in Brunswick County that you would like to have painted – contact the Arts Council and we can see about partnering to help move your ideas for public art forward!

The Holden Beach 2020 Mural

The first piece was created at Holden Beach design by Gaetin Lowrie & Nancy Turner.  Sherwin Williams of Holden Beach donated the pain and materials.

Using an Under the Ocean Theme & and a Paint by Numbers technique, the mural was painted in March 2020.  The Run for the Arts scheduled to begin & end at the mural was cancelled due to the 1st case of Covid19 announced in Brunswick County on the day of the race.  

Join us for March 2021 as we tackle another mural at Holden Beach & the 2nd Run for the Arts. 


My Community Mural

Tell us about your community project and mural idea.  Don’t forget to provide your name, organization (if you are requesting on behalf on one), contact information, cell/email/text and bit about the idea.

Submit a Mural Idea

Mural Program Sponsored by the Town of Holden Beach, NC

BAC Arts & Parts

Join us for the newest fashion show in Brunswick on April 24, 2021.  As we get closer toward the end of the year, we will announce ticket & event information for attendees.

Dear Designers, 

We challenge you to get thinking about your wearable art idea and plans.  Find your models. Watch closely, we’ll be back with Prize, entry information and guidelines in the fall. But – your materials are recyclables (paper, plastic, metal, duct tape and more!)

Creatively Yours,

Brunswick Arts Council


Sponsorship Opportunities:

RUN for the ARTS

March 13, 2021

The Link to “It’s Go Time Registration” will be posted here later this fall for ease of online sign up.  

If you would like to be a sponsor click here for the sponsor categories.

Scholarship Program

Each year, the Brunswick Arts Council provides $1,000 scholarships to Brunswick County High School students.  Graduating seniors from each of the three High Schools are eligible.  

Application process is handled by the guidance offices of each school and all eligible students are encouraged to apply.

In 2020, BAC provided three (3) separate scholarships to:

  • Lianna Austin High 
  • Annika Beecher 
  • Bailey Smith

Leianna High from West Brunswick High School is a recipient of the 2019-2020 Brunswick Arts Council Scholarship. Through your hard work and determination you have proven to be a student that your arts community wants to recognize and encourage to continue your educational effort. BAC board wishes you all the best in your pursuit of higher education.

Bailey Smith from North Brunswick High School is a recipient of the 2019-2020 Brunswick Arts Council Scholarship. Through your hard work and determination you have proven to be a student that your arts community wants to recognize and encourage to continue your educational effort. BAC board wishes you all the best in your pursuit of higher education.

Anika Beecher from West Brunswick High School is a recipient of the 2019-2020 Brunswick Arts Council Scholarship. Through your hard work and determination you have proven to be a student that your arts community wants to recognize and encourage to continue your educational effort. BAC board wishes you all the best in your pursuit of higher education.

Solstice Festival

June 19, 2021  |  2-8 PM  |  Middleton Park, Oak Island, NC

Music, Arts & Crafts, Food Trucks & CornHole Tournament! What else can we say? – Come out to play at the beach!  

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Workshops

“Healing Grief with Poetry” by Phillip Shabazz

Tentatively Scheduled:
August 3, 2020  10am-3pm at Cedar Grove Community Center
August 4, 2020 10am-3pm at Shallotte Senior Resource Center

Pre-registration only – class size 9 people.

Join us at this special workshop as part of the BAC “OutLoud” to be held at the Brunswick Senior Resource Center in Shallotte. We are pleased to present this 5-hour poetry workshop taught by Phillip Shabazz exploring grief and it’s healing through the expression and creation of poetry. Open to 9 students (high-school through adults/silver-seniors), this class will be a powerful experience to work with a master craftsman and wordsmith. As a poet, author, and teaching artist, Phillip Shabazz has built an outstanding, extensive, and respected career. His work, which explores issues of community and culture in America, has been acclaimed by the media, critics, and audiences across North Carolina. His writing expresses diverse points of view, from poems about family and friends challenged by the complexities of life, to narratives that celebrate human possibilities.

Varied

BAC is in the process of creating a series of workshops in a variety of categories – including professional development series for artists.

Covid 19 has put a temporary hold on in-person workshops.